Talk show host Oprah Winfrey wants O.J. Simpson to confess to her.
Oprah Winfrey got a boost for her OWN cable television network at a meeting of industry types in Chicago by saying she wants to interview O.J. Simpson and have him confess to killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Reuters

The buzz over O.J. Simpson allegedly planning to confess to Oprah Winfrey that he did indeed murder his wife and Ronald Goldman seventeen years ago is based on reports from two, shall we say, less than credible, sources, The Daily Mail tabloid of the UK and the notorious, National Enquirer.

However, if the report is correct, then these tabloids have once again trumped the so-called “mainstream media.”

Still, I can’t shake the feeling that this whole thing is rather contrived and opportunistic. Oprah Winfrey recently ended her long-running daytime talk show in order to boost her struggling OWN network.

With Michael Jackson dead, who better to pump up the publicity machine than one of the most famous (alleged) celebrity killers in history?

The reports attributed to Oprah-OJ contend that Simpson will claim “self-defense” when he killed his ex-wife and Goldman.

A source from OWN told the Enquirer: Oprah has been in touch with O.J. for the past year. He has always been a big fan of hers, but for a long time he was reluctant to say he did the crime or give the details of how it happened.

To which, OJ replied to the Oprah source: Tell Oprah that yes, I did it. I killed Nicole, but it was in self-defense. She pulled a knife on me and I had to defend myself,'

So, why would OJ want to talk now? Is he getting paid? As an inmate in Nevada prison (for other unrelated robbery charges) is it even legal for him to talk about other crimes? Would his attorney be present?

Moreover, if he killed in self-defense, why didn't he just say that during the original trial?

Granted, since he was acquitted of the original murder charges, he cannot be tried again (even if he confesses). On the other hand, there is little for him to gain at this point,

In the end, if Oprah does actually get this interview, she will make another “killing” *(pardon the expression).